sábado, 20 de marzo de 2010

Toxic toiletries - Facing up to the truth

The glossy images we're fed by the media hide a dangerous secret: most
of our toiletries, even the "natural variety", are made up of the same
harsh, toxic chemicals used for industry. What could be more healthy
than a refreshing body wash, a nourishing shampoo, a minty fresh
toothpaste and a moisturising facial cream? Commercials, magazine
advertisements and billboards bombard us with the message that soaping
and scrubbing, exfoliating and moisturising are only beneficial to our
health. Yet the glossy images of well scrubbed individuals hide a
dangerous secret: too many of the toiletries and cosmetics we use are
carcinogenic cocktails of hazardous waste. Most of the chemicals which
go into our toiletries are no different from the harsh, toxic
chemicals used in industry. Far from enhancing health, they pose a
daily threat to it. For example, propylene glycol (PG) is a wetting
agent and solvent used in make up, hair care products, deodorants and
aftershave. It's also the main ingredients.

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